I just spent 10 days in Florida packing up my mother’s apartment with my sister and daughter. Mom is nearly 92 and can no longer be on her own. She is now living with my sister which gives me much comfort knowing she is no longer alone. We had a most awesome team, my sister, my daughter, Mom’s aide and me. We decided to keep Mom’s daytime aide so that we could concentrate on the sorting, tossing and packing and I’m so glad we did! I am quite sure we would not have made the deadline if we hadn’t. Merline was such a great help and we are all so thankful for the nearly three years of care she gave to Mom. She was there the last day too and said “Well Goldie, do you have anything to say to me?” Mom said no. “What?? You mean after almost three years you have nothing to say to me?” Then Mom said “I love you!!” So darn sweet. We were truly blessed hiring Comfort Keepers and Merline. I would not hesitate to hire them in the future. We had such a good experience.
After I took Mom and my sister to the airport, my daughter and I had a few more things to take care of before we headed back home. I am writing this on our final night here in southern Florida from our hotel room. And by the time you read this I will be on my way home, finally. We donated many things to Salvation Army and the rest was picked up this morning by Hands on Property Services. And I was so impressed with them. I was given a quote over the phone and he ended up taking much more than what I told him I would have and he was going to charge me the same amount! So I said “are you sure?” and then he added only $25 more! Wow. So if you’re in southern Florida and need junk removed, don’t hesitate to contact this company. They were on time and just plain awesome.
So back to the restaurant review that is the title of this post. My daughter and I decided to dine at the Cheesecake Factory in Pembroke Pines last night. We had such a good meal that we decided to go back tonight! Last night we both chose pasta dishes. Miss M had the Four Cheese Pasta: Penne Pasta, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Romano and Parmesan Cheeses, Marinara Sauce and Fresh Basil. And I had the Garlic Noodles with shrimp: Spaghettini, Fresh Asparagus, Shiitake Mushrooms, Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan in a Delicious Garlic Sauce. I did not get photos of our meals but they were both fabulous!! And there’s always room for dessert right? Heh, almost. A friend had recommended the Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake and said it was to die for so that’s what I had. He was SO right!! Miss M had the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake, also very yummy! But we could not finish them and took them back to the hotel with plastic forks. We attempted to finish them later last night, however, they were just too rich!! So our desserts were finished in three sittings, the last one earlier today.
Tonight’s meal was equally delicious!! Miss M had their Margherita Pizza: Fresh Mozzarella, Basil and Tomato Sauce. And I had the Grilled Steak Medallions from their Skinnylicious menu: Certified Angus Beef® Served with Fresh Asparagus, Shiitake Mushrooms, Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes, Crushed Croutons, Mashed Potatoes and Madeira Wine Sauce. Outstanding!! I’m so impressed with the great selection, excellent food and service. This time I got photos of our meals. We chose to dine on the patio and had the perfect spot just outside the door where waiters were coming and going so every so often we felt a nice, cool wave of air mixed with the breeze of a warm, southern Florida evening. It was perfect!
We were truly blessed and managed to get just about everything done by the deadlines. We had one snag today with turning off the water. I didn’t realize that I had to do it in the apartment so Miss M and I went back to do that this afternoon however it was not to be. For some reason, today the deadbolt would not budge. We used it the entire time we were there. Two nice gentlemen tried to help by spraying WD40 in the lock and then using a tool to try to pry the deadbolt out of the door jamb, to no avail. One of them said he thought the pin broke. The management company is going to get in there on Monday to turn off the water for us. Thank goodness because I’m not sure I’d be able to sleep tonight. Other than this last snag, everything went fairly well. We had awesome people along the way, from the lovely folks at the UPS store to the funny guy at the U-Haul place, the awesome Salvation Army team who took many things that we donated and finally the great company that hauled away the damaged furniture that Salvation Army didn’t take. And Mom is safe and happy in Virginia with my sister and her family. Finally, I’d like to share a photo of Mom and Merline, her aide of nearly three years. This was her last day in Florida.